Exploring Notting Hill, London

‘I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her’… Well no not really, but how else was I meant to start a post about exploring Notting Hill, London? 😉

Exploring Notting Hill London

Last summer (excuse the amount of time it’s taken for me to finally get this post up) I took a trip to London’s ‘village within the city’ – Notting Hill. Despite being located in the bustling heart of London, Notting Hill has a unique charm and vibrancy, which instantly made it my new favourite Neighborhood in the city!

Thus, I’d highly suggest a visit… Here’s everything you need to know to have an amazing time exploring Notting Hill:

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How To Get To Notting Hill  – 

Notting Hill London is best reached on the tube! Simply take the Central Line to Notting Hill Gate station and you’ll be a short walk away from the areas main sights and attractions.

Ladbroke Grove station is another great option if you’re travelling on either the Circle or Hammersmith tube lines!


Where To Eat In Notting Hill – 

Since I’d been exploring the nearby ‘Kensington Palace’ on the morning of my visit to Notting Hill, I arrived in the area around midday with one thing on my mind – food! Thankfully I quickly learnt that the Notting hill food scene has a lot to offer!

READ MY ULTIMATE GUIDE TO VISITING KENSINGTON PALACE HERE 

I’d read online that Westbourne Grove has one of the best concentrations of restaurants and cafes in the area, and I wasn’t disappointed!

where to eat in Notting Hill

I opted to have lunch at the 202 café, which is linked to a boutique clothing store. This means you can eat and shop at the same time… and what’s better than that? Although a tad expensive, the food was to die for!


Things To Do in Notting Hill  –

Shop At Portobello Market –

Portobello road should be your first stop in Notting Hill, and it’s very easy to find! All I had to do was follow the crowds leading from Notting Hill Gate station.

exploring Notting Hill - Portobello Road

Visit on a Saturday and the bright and vibrant road comes alive with an antique’s market, which happens to be the biggest in the world. The so-called ‘Portobello Market’ is undoubtedly the most famous of Notting Hill attractions and is the perfect place to find one of a kind antiques and vintage clothes.

Visting in the week, I missed the market, but a visit to Portobello Road is still one of the top things to do in Notting Hill, whatever the day! I enjoyed browsing the plentiful shops that now permanently line the street. Moreover, as the ‘backbone’ of Notting Hill, it’s a fantastic place to take in the ‘vibe’ of the neighbourhood

Visit a vintage Cinema –

Portobello Road is also home to one of the oldest working cinemas in Britain. The ‘Electric Cinema’ provides the opportunity to watch the latest blockbuster films in unparalleled comfort. This is thanks to the cinemas vintage leather armchairs and footstools. There are even double beds available for couples!

Bear in mind you’ll need to book online in advance and tickets start at £20 per person.

Drown your sorrows at ‘The Distillery’ –

Slightly further up Portobello road, the famous street has, even more, to offer in the form of  ‘The Distillery‘. Home to the internationally renowned ‘portobello road gin’ this working distillery not only has a quirky cocktail bar (with an extensive gin menu) but, also provides cocktail making master classes, and boutique rooms where you can spend the night in the heart of Notting Hill.

top things to do in Notting Hill - the distillery

I opted for the ‘Gin Mare’ Cocktail which was certainly a very strong (but tasty) afternoon ‘pick me up’. 😉

Gaze at colourful houses –

What I personally enjoyed the most about Notting Hill London, was its endless rows of colourful houses. The fabulous hues around every corner could brighten even the most overcast London day!

what to see in notting hill - colourful houses

Highlights include Lancaster Road (found at the top of Portobello Road) which features a rainbow of brightly coloured houses. Painted, red, purple and even green, these homes are certainly bold!

what to see in notting hill - Lancaster Road

However, my favourite street in Notting Hill is actually the less famous Denbigh Terrace which has a more subdued feel, as pretty pastels hold rank. While I can’t help but think about how annoyed homeowners must get about strangers taking photos on their doorsteps, I just had to stop for a little ‘instagram shoot’ on this picture perfect street…

Explore Timeless Mews –

If Lancaster road and the Denbigh terraces weren’t enough to make you envious of anyone living in the area, another great thing to do when exploring Notting Hill is to seek out its labyrinth of hidden Mew’s.

St Lukes Mews (near to Lancaster road) is certainly Instagram-worthy with its ivy-covered houses and white painted doors.

exploring Notting Hill - St Lukes mews

Colville Mews also deserves an honourable mention, although I did not personally have time to explore what it had to offer.

Finish the day with Gelato –

Exploring Notting Hill in summer can make you pretty hot! Thankfully Portobello Road has some of the best Gelato stores in the UK.

things to do in notting hill - get gelato

As I wandered back to down the street to Notting Hill Gate, it seemed only right to stop and grab myself a delicious treat :).

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My day exploring Notting Hill was one of my favourite’s of the summer! The area offers the perfect mix of everything I love about London: adorable cafes, beautiful streets and unique shopping experiences. You’d be a fool not to head to here when in London.

PIN FOR LATER –

Notting Hill, London was made famous by the film/movie of the same name. This picture perfect neighbourhood is a must visit for a photoshoot. But Notting Hill has much more to offer! Read this post to learn about the electric cinema, the best shops, food and brunch spots in Noting Hill as well as a guide to Portobello market. #travel #London #Photography #NottingHill

what are your top things to do when exploring Notting hill? Let me know in the comments below:

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26 Comments

  1. March 7, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    I used to live in London and this definitely made me miss the city *sobbing*. I remember visiting Portobello market as well but what I don’t remember is that Notting Hill was so beautiful. I want to go back!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      March 7, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      Awww a little nostalgia is good for the soul haha – you’ll have to return for sure 🙂

  2. March 7, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    Ahhh I can’t wait to go back to London! Although living in Notting Hill would most likely be a little out of my price range, a girl can still dream. I will definitely be saving this for my trip back!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      March 7, 2018 / 6:40 pm

      The dream is certainly to live in one of the areas adorable houses for me too! Hope you enjoy your next trip

  3. March 7, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    Oh my God, I have to here one day. I would be looking at the colorful houses all day long… And eating ice cream of course.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      March 7, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      That’s pretty much all I did aha

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      March 7, 2018 / 6:42 pm

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment x

  4. March 7, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    Great post, i’m from London myself and love this particular area (I go to the carnival every year). Its nice to read about other things to do in the area

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      March 7, 2018 / 6:43 pm

      You’re so lucky to live nearby! I haven’t been to the Carnival yet… But I am thinking of going with friends this year so am very excited, any tips?

  5. March 7, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    Seriously, the best intro to a post ever! Haha.
    Lancaster Road reminds me of The Painted Ladies in San Francisco. I’m sure when people buy those houses, they understand what a popular location they choose to live and just deal with the constant pictures. Hopefully visitors understand that they’re actual dwellings that people live in and act accordingly.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      March 7, 2018 / 6:45 pm

      There’s just no other way to start such a post haha.
      That’s sure a good comparison! I loved all the beautiful buildings in San Francisco when I visited,
      And I couldn’t agree more… I’d actually be flattered if people thought my house was pretty enough to Instagram haha

  6. March 7, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    In all of my trips to London, I’ve never made it to Notting Hill. Ugh….such a regret. I really want to scour the Portobello Market for some treasures. Next time!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      March 8, 2018 / 11:12 am

      The only problem in London is there’s so much to see! You should visit next time for sure 🙂

  7. March 8, 2018 / 11:31 am

    Notting Hill looks adorable!!! And that ice cream has won my heart haha! I wasn’t able to explore it during my last visit. Thanks for the great suggestions. I will definitely check it out during the next trip.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      March 9, 2018 / 11:57 pm

      It’s such a cute area! Ice cream is my weakness too haha

  8. March 8, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    First off- I love the layout of your blog! Secondly- you have me missing LONDON! My friend is going this summer so I am going to send her your blog so she can have these tips! <3

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      March 9, 2018 / 11:56 pm

      Awww Thankyou!! Hope she enjoys her trip x

  9. March 8, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    I haven’t been to Notting Hill but it looks lovely! I’d love to visit Portobello Road, and then have a yummy gelato

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      March 9, 2018 / 11:58 pm

      Pretty houses and gelato are definitely the best combination 🙂

  10. Rach
    March 10, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    This was a lovely read! I used to go to London a lot, but never went to Notting Hill. Feel like I’ve missed out reading your post. Oh well, off I must go!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      March 10, 2018 / 9:27 pm

      Hahaha it’s a tough revelation 😉

  11. March 11, 2018 / 12:14 am

    I used to live in London but unfortunately I didn’t get to explore Notting hill that much! Next time I go back I’ll need to go there hehe. Love all the photos!

  12. March 11, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    Aw, Notting Hill was one of the first places we explored when we first moved to London… isn’t it gorgeous! Those colourful houses are ALL of our house goals 😍

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      March 13, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      So gorgeous! mine too haha

  13. March 20, 2018 / 11:31 pm

    Love Notting Hill! Great suggestions in this post 🙂 I especially love the colourful houses and the mews

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